Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oak Ridges - Yonge & King Sideroad
I'm not the biggest fan of this product, but...
Runs Hot: Hotter than the CM7000 to be sure, but ensuring adequate airflow around the device mitigates the heat issue greatly. Another cheap option is to add a laptop cooler - I've done it and it lowers the temperature to a much more reasonable level.
Expensive: Don't know where he's shopping, but I paid more like $375 Canadian, which is on a par with what I've paid for similar products over the years.
Subscription: This is plain wrong. The device happily uses PSIP for guide data. Manual recording is available for shows not yet listed in the guide.
Internet Access: Also untrue, unless you subscribe to the Premium Service. The 7400 offers you the option of setting the time via the TV, the Internet, or manually. Firmware upgrades can be downloaded from the net and installed via USB.
Netflix/Hulu: None of the widgets work in Canada, so specific inclusions/exclusions are irrelevant. They would be nice to have, I suppose.
Quirks and Quarks: Most definitely, but about to the same degree as the 7000PAL (a completely different product from the ground up) - as well as every other stand-alone DVR or HTPC I've ever used or built. And most of them have never been addressed with a firmware upgrade, so the 7400 is hardly the worst offender in this area.
We all know bullet-proof reliability is a fantasy in today's home electronics market, so do your homework, compare apples to apples, and make your choice. For me, even with the bugs, the 7400 has been a valuable addition to my television viewing experience.